We’re delighted to have been successful in purchasing this 1815 pencil drawing of Shakespeare’s Birthplace by Hannah Tighe.
Hannah’s drawing is an important part of the historical record that helps us understand how the building was used and how it changed between Shakespeare’s time and when it came into the care of the Trust in 1847.
The sketch went to auction earlier this week, and we were keen to be able to protect it for the enjoyment of future generations. To do this, we needed to raise funds in a hurry and after an urgent appeal we were delighted to receive many generous donations in just a few short days.
We’d like to send our huge thanks to everyone who contributed towards securing this rare piece of history for our collections.